Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill(37) was late Monday sentenced to 3 months jail term for failing to pay accumulated tax of more than 1 million dollars. She was sentenced by US Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo.
“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me, “Hill said in court. Hill released her first album, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ in 1998 after a stint with the ‘Fugees’ as a teenager. She is also accused of failing to pay state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009. She is reported to have paid more than $900,000 in the last few days but owes interest and penalties, a governor official said.
Explaining her reasons for failing to pay tax, the singer said.”There were veiled threats, there was blacklisting. I was told, ‘That’s how it goes, it comes with the territory.’ I came to be perceived as a cash cow and not a person. When people capitalize on a person, they forget there is a person in there.” Hill who is expected to be in jail July 8th, 2013 will in addition to the three months term pay a $60,000 fine after serving the jail term.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged that Hill worked on behalf of impoverished children but that it does not preclude her from paying tax.”She wasn’t interested in all those years in paying what she owed,” Moser told the judge. Meanwhile, Hill has signed a recording contract with Sony Music and is looking forward to put the case behind her and get back to music again.